Everton target Nikita Haikin announces he's leaving Bodo/Glimt

Nikita Haikin has announced he’s leaving Bodo/Glimt.

The former Russia U21 goalkeeper, formerly of Chelsea, is interesting Everton.

Haikin will be out of contract next month and according to the Telegraph, the Blues are interested in adding him to their squad, in what would be a reunion with former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

Speaking about his pending exit from Bodo/Glimt, who won the Norwegian Eliteserien title in 2020 and 2021, Haikin said: “It has been quite a journey. What we have achieved both in Norway, but also in Europe, is quite special. It was very difficult (to say goodbye). Sad, actually. The reception and love I got from the fans is very, very special. I can’t describe it. I am speechless.”

Haikin has conceded that he currently has ‘no idea’ where he will end up next, but is understood to have already held talks with various interested parties.

He added: “I think everyone understood where I stood. I think this is a perfect time for me to move on to challenge myself somewhere else, and step out of my comfort zone. I’m very grateful for the whole experience; the people I have met, the matches we have played, and for Norway as a country. I really love this country.”